Report slams some Isle of Man children’s services as weak, others merely adequate

Chris Robertshaw MHK

Chris Robertshaw MHK

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An independent inspection has concluded services for children and young people are weak in some areas and merely adequate in others.

The report by the Scottish Care Inspectorate will be presented at this month’s Tynwald sitting.

It rates five out of nine areas as ‘weak’ – with important weakness identified – and the remaining four areas as ‘adequate’ – where strengths just outweigh the weaknesses.

The report identifies three key priorities where improvement is needed – provision of effective early intervention and support for children, young people and families; the immediate response to children who may be at risk of abuse or neglect, and stronger collaborative leadership.

Chris Robertshaw MHK, Minister designate for Policy and Reform and previously Minister for Social Care, insisted the report concluded no child was unsafe.

He said: ‘The inspection has found that all staff in children’s services are committed to ensuring all children on the Isle of Man get, if needed, the support and services they require to be safe and achieve their potential. However, this could be improved further by services being truly integrated and problems being identified at an early stage.

‘All departments involved in children’s services have started work on the improvements needed to address the three key points identified and are looking forward to proving at the follow up inspection that the services have improved substantially.’

The independent inspection was carried out by the Care Inspectorate at the request of the Council of Ministers between August and October last year.

Mr Robertshaw said a follow-up inspection would be carried out in a year’s time.

l For a full anaylsis of the Care Inspectorate’s report see next week’s Isle of Man Examiner, out in the shops on Tuesday.

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